The trip was such a success. We all had so much fun and it was a great break for just one day with all the stuff we have had going on lately. We always said after I finished chemotherapy, surgeries and radiation we would plan a fun trip to celebrate. Well, that never happened. Life happened and so vacations did not. This little taste of a vacation definitely left us yearning for more time like this. Some day, we would love to take a couple of weeks off and just drive around to different parts of the country to explore.
We left early Wednesday morning last week and headed straight to the Fort Worth Zoo. We arrived around 10:20 and there was a huge line of vehicles waiting to enter the Zoo. But, we were able to get a great parking spot, and the crowds were not bad at all the rest of the day!
|We got to get up close to a ton of amazing animals.|
|This was the coolest crocodile! He was huge and came right up to the glass to visit with us!|
|I wouldn't want to bump into this guy under water!|
|Look at those teeth!|
|and his skin....okay, maybe I was just a little obsessed with him. How often does one get this close to a crocodile though?|
|Our little girl gives the best hugs at random times--which makes it even better since it is not even expected. She decided to hug Drew as we waited for a fun animal show to begin.|
|And when she sits next to us, she always has her hand sweetly on us..whether grasping our arm or gently laying on our leg.|
|The zoo had some fun shows.|
|They even had an indoor show about weather. They used lights and sounds to make it look like there was a lightning/thunder storm in the theater--and then it started raining. We got a little wet, and Luke was pretty scared--it was very realistic.|
|The zoo was beautiful and almost completely shaded. There were so many natural areas, including several waterfalls. Our $6/adult tickets and $4/child tickets were well worth it!|
|After seeing Abbey's favorite animal--the flamingos, we left the zoo. We had an awesome time there!|
|Here they come...|
|Boy, it would be tiring holding those heads up all day. I would want a break--just a little bit to hang up my horns and rest my head for a while.|
|and the cattle drive was done in about 5 minutes.|
Thus, after dinner, we did some more walking around downtown.
|We found a fun statue to stand in front of.|
|It didn't quite work for Luke though...|
|We also explored some fun architecture.|
|Even the steps were gorgeous.|
I really enjoyed the downtown area. It was very walkable and there was a lot to do in a small area. After our downtown visit, we tried to get a little trip to the botanic gardens in. But, we didn't get to see too much since they closed at 8pm. Thus, we finally headed back to the hotel, which Abbey called "our bedroom". The kids were giddy. There was about an hour of a pattern of talking and giggling and then Luke exclaiming "stop touching me" (followed by Abbey's, "But I am just trying to give you a hug") in their bed before they finally fell asleep.
We left the next morning after eating breakfast and headed to Oklahoma. We made a stop on the way to visit my aunt, Clara Sue and Uncle, Randy's home/farm as it was on our way into town. They weren't able to come to the July 4th festivities, so it was awesome to be able to spend a little time with them at their lovely home. Clara Sue is an amazing cook, and even made us an awesome lunch from scratch. Then, we got to play outside and had a fun time visiting with them before heading to my parents' house.
|Luke was beyond excited to get to ride with Drew on this. He had seen four-wheelers at the Bass Pro Shop the week prior and asked when he could ride on one someday. His dream came true way faster than I thought it would!|
|can you tell how excited he is?|
|While daddy and Luke rode the four-wheeler, Abbey, Clara Sue and I went around to the other side of their house to feed their horse, Lucky, some special treats.|
|She was checking my camera out--seeing if it was something she could eat.|
|We also fed the cattle some treats. Although, the bull, Randolph, hogged most of them. He allowed his ladies about 20 seconds to get up there and get a snack and then he pushed them away so he could have some more.|
We had so much fun on our little 24 hour vacation! We decided that we may need to take the little one day vacay on the way to Oklahoma again someday. There is a lot to do in Dallas that we have not done yet! Plus, it breaks the drive up into two much easier drives--which is a great thing for Drew and I AND the kids!